The Desert kingsnake is very adaptable to a variety of different habitats from desert basins, to wetlands, to forests. The kingsnake will hibernate during the colder months of fall and winter. They have excellent climbing abilities and are often spotted in trees searching for birds or bird eggs. The Desert kingsnake is non-venomous and cannot rattle. However, kingsnakes can tolerate rattlesnake venom and will often consume rattlesnakes as part of a meal. The Desert kingsnake will bite a rattlesnake and use its coiling body to constrict the rattlesnake.

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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.

Arrived at EPZ: Holmes - 09/17/2008